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LG launches the mid-range G Pad 2 8.0 tablet in South Korea, specs fail to impress

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LG launches the mid-range G Pad 2 8.0 tablet in South Korea, specs fail to impress

LG has quietly rolled out a new tablet in its home market of South Korea. The new slab is called the LG G Pad 2 8.0, and, as the name suggests, the tablet is the successor to last year's mid-range LG G Pad 8.0. We know that some would have preferred to see a revamped version of the high-end LG G Pad 8.3 of 2013, but that's not the case just yet.

Compared to its direct predecessor, the LG G Pad 8.0 doesn't bring significant improvements in terms of hardware, which could actually be the reason why the manufacturer decided to unveil the G Pad 2 8.0 without much fanfare. We're talking about specs such as an 8-inch IPS LCD screen with a resolution of 800 by 1200 pixels, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 SoC with a 1.2GHz quad-core CPU, 1.5GB of RAM, 32GB of microSD-expandable internal storage (other versions may be launched with more or less internal storage space), and a 4200mAh battery. 

In the camera department, the LG G Pad 2 8.0 comes with a 5MP primary shooter and the back and a 2MP secondary camera on the front. On the software side, the slab runs Android 5.0 Lollipop, which is a bit surprising given that the newer Android 5.1 Lollipop has been available for a few good months now.

One particularly interesting detail about LG's new mid-range tablet is that it comes with a full-sized USB 2.0 port, which is an uncommon feature for a mid-sized tablet, especially an Android-based one. As one of LG's promotional images show (see them all below), the port can be used to attach an external keyboard or even gaming controllers. At a first glance, the external keyboard might be a more natural fit for the LG G Pad 2.0, seeing that the tablet comes with pre-loaded with MS Word, Excel, and Powerpoint, the holy triad of Microsoft productivity Office apps for Android tablets. Like most productivity-minded tablets, the LG G Pad 2 8.0 also comes with a stylus, one that measures 3.5mm across the waist and is touted to allow for accurate input.

At the moment, the LG G Pad 2 8.0 is only available in South Korea, but given the manufacturer's previous launch patterns, it wouldn't be surprising to see the slab reach more Western markets such as Europe and North America. It also wouldn't be unthinkable for LG to launch a smaller 7-inch version and a larger 10.1-inch versions of the LG G Pad 2 as well. We'll keep you updated with more information as soon as it becomes available.


source: LG via GforGames

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posted on 14 Aug 2015, 23:26 2

1. jessyi (Posts: 325; Member since: 08 Jan 2015)


Well its wasnt made to impress.its not a flaghship tablet!

posted on 14 Aug 2015, 23:48

2. Sovat_fc (Posts: 224; Member since: 30 Aug 2014)


Does anyone around here know why older nor the latest devices of LG don't run Lollipop 5.1? I've noticed that it seems like everything runs 5.0.

posted on 15 Aug 2015, 02:06 1

6. wargreymon (Posts: 763; Member since: 05 Nov 2013)


G4 runs 5.1, but lg most likely felt it wasn't worth all the hassle to update others to it, and instead wait for M. Don't worry, you still get security updates though.

posted on 15 Aug 2015, 11:42 1

8. theBankRobber (Posts: 682; Member since: 22 Sep 2011)


G2 was updated to 5.0, G4 is 5.1 out the box, and the G Pad from Sprint I got in June has 5.0 already installed. Not sure about the G3 or other devices.

posted on 14 Aug 2015, 23:53 1

3. legiloca (Posts: 1450; Member since: 11 Nov 2014)


No thanks..

posted on 15 Aug 2015, 00:31 2

4. ihavenoname (Posts: 1693; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)


Just release GPad 8.3 again, this time with G4 specs and design.

posted on 15 Aug 2015, 01:50

5. GreekGeek (Posts: 1276; Member since: 22 Mar 2014)


Funny how PA can't say the same to SAMSUNG's Note 5

LOL

posted on 15 Aug 2015, 03:26

7. ibend (Posts: 6633; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)


N5 may not better than S6, but its still impressive.
it have all the best spec you can get right now (ignore microSD, removable battery, and IRblaster )

posted on 15 Aug 2015, 12:45

9. Pogma9 (Posts: 38; Member since: 19 Apr 2015)


STFU about the gorgeous note 5

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